UW earns NCAA Tournament entry; will play Dayton

13th NCAA berth for Badgers

The University of Wisconsin's 25th-ranked women's soccer team (15-5-1) earned its 13th NCAA tournament berth and will face Dayton (20-1) in the first round Friday at 4 p.m. Central in South Bend, Ind., the NCAA Selection Committee announced Monday afternoon.

The Badgers, one of five Big Ten Conference teams in the tournament, would face either regional host fourth-seeded Notre Dame or Eastern Illinois if they advance to the second round. The regional championship will take place on Sunday, but match times have not yet been announced.

"I am just really happy for our team," UW head coach Dean Duerst said. "We're ready to step up and play anybody. Our players are confident right now, and they're willing to take that next challenge."

Seventeen-time NCAA champion North Carolina was given the No. 1 seed, while Penn State took home No. 2. Ohio State, which won the Big Ten tournament on Sunday, is No. 6 and could play Michigan in the second round.

Rounding out the Big Ten entrants, Illinois will play Rice in College Station, Texas, for its first-round contest.

In Wisconsin's last tournament appearance (2002), the team defeated Marquette in Milwaukee before falling to Pepperdine in the second round. UW, which is 10-12 all-time in the NCAA tournament, has made more appearances than any other Big Ten team.

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